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DRAFT 2017 Accreditation Standards

Monday, February 15, 2016  
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The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is pleased to announce the release of the DRAFT 2017 Accreditation Standards for public comment. The draft 2017 Standards are the result of a planned five-year review cycle of the current 2012 Accreditation Standards to ensure compliance with USDE regulations. Please note that the 2017 standards are different from the future education model associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree standards that will be released for public comment later this year.

The draft standards, the February Standards Update, and a Webinar, which provides an overview of the 2017 Standards development process and key changes from the 2012 Standards, are posted on the ACEND standards committee webpage. We value all stakeholder input and encourage you to provide input on the 2017 Standards at the following survey link.

The February Standards Update also addresses questions received at the January 14 Virtual Town Hall Meeting. The virtual town hall meetings are open to all stakeholders and are held the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Central Time. The next meeting will occur February 11. Information for connecting to the virtual town hall is posted on the ACEND standards committee webpage.

Please share this information with your constituents/colleagues. If you or they have questions, please send them to or call 312-899-4872, so we can respond to them. Future editions of the monthly update will include these questions and an ACEND response.

Thank you.

Maxine McElligott, MA, RD, LMNT, CDE